Southwestern Community Celebrates Founders Day
Be sure to mark your calendars and join Southwestern students, faculty and staff
for Southwestern's Centennial Town Fair and Founders Day Celebration. The event, celebrating the establishment of Southwestern 100 years ago, will take place Thursday, August 25, 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on the Promenade (Welcome Address and Cake Cutting at 4:00 p.m.; Opening of the Time Capsule created by the Class of '78 at 5:15 p.m.).
Externship Day Offers Opportunities for Practical Experience
For many students, some of the most rewarding hours in law school are those spent in an externship getting hands-on experience. Over 300 Southwestern students participate in externships each year, in placements that range from Warner Bros. to the Public Defender's Office to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Learn more about the program and the application process at Externship Day on Wednesday, August 31 at 12:30 and 5:00 p.m. on the Promenade. Externship Program staff will be on hand to answer questions about field placements, how to prepare and what to expect during an externship; refreshments will be available during the event.
Externships are graded on a credit/no credit basis and may be taken during the summer, fall or spring. Placements are available in public interest, government, courts and entertainment settings. Don't miss this event - especially since applications for Spring externships are due by Thursday, September 15, and it is not too soon to plan for summer placements! (Also see An Extern's Perspective below.)
Note: Please contact Career Services to confirm the location for each event or check posted flyers.
Post-Graduate Judicial Clerkships for 3Ls
Remember that the application due date for federal clerkships is September 6, the Tuesday after Labor Day. Learn about the benefits of a Judicial Clerkship and the process of obtaining one. An informational session will be held on Thursday, August 25 at 12:30 p.m.
Learn about important interviewing techniques for future employment purposes on Wednesday, September 7 at 12:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Topics discussed will include: pre-interview employer research, responses to commonly asked and/or difficult questions, appropriate dress, interview decorum, informational interviewing and developing personal contacts.
Learn how to draft effective resumes and cover letters for legal employment, including presentation of qualifications, prior work experience, overall content, and legal format. The Resume Writing Workshop will be held on Thursday, September 1 at 12:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Interviewing from the Employer's Perspective
Ever wonder what employers are thinking during an interview? Join this panel presentation on Tuesday, September 6 at 12:30 p.m. to hear from hiring partners and lawyers and find out what they want to hear in an interview setting.
Off the Record with... Recent Alumni and How They Got Their Jobs
How did some of our recent graduates obtain their summer and post-graduate positions? What advice do they have for you? What questions do you have for them? Is networking really important? Find out on Tuesday, September 20 at 12:30 p.m. Come and participate in the CSO new brownbag lunch series, "Off the Record with..." Bring your lunch (drinks and snacks will be provided) and chat with alumni about the above topic. This is your chance to network with alumni in a small group setting and get some great advice from attorneys who were once in your position!
Orientation for Presidential Management Fellowship Program
The Presidential Management Fellowship Program (PMF) is billed out as the training ground for future government leaders. The program is open to all 3Ls and 4L students and the deadline to apply is typically mid-October. This is a two year post-graduate program where graduates work in government settings but not necessarily as a "lawyer." Southwestern has had many PMF Finalists, and some of our past recipients have worked at the Pentagon, the Missile Defense Center, the US Attorney's Office, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Learn about the application process on Thursday, September 22 at 12:30 and 5:00 p.m. During these sessions, you will learn what you need to do and how you can tailor your materials to this very interesting employment opportunity.
Southwestern Student Completes Prestigious Diversity Fellowship
Thanks to a unique fellowship opportunity, day student Sheila Shah spent the summer between her first and second year of law school working for a prominent law firm and an in-house legal team with a major entertainment company. When Southwestern's Career Services Office emailed students information about a new diversity fellowship offered by Fox Group Legal, Shah knew it was too good to pass up. After an extensive application and interview process, she was one of two law students in Los Angeles selected to participate in this new program.
She spent the first half of the paid fellowship at Alston & Bird, LLP, where she researched and drafted memos related to Fox Intellectual Property issues. Additionally, she worked with the pro-bono committee on various other matters.
"My time at Alston was amazing," said Shah, who is a member of 2011-2012 Law Review. "I can honestly say that all the projects I worked on were interesting and engaging. The most interesting thing I learned at Alston was just how critical strong legal research and writing skills are to one's success at a firm. Learning the substance of the law comes over time. But at this stage in one's career, success seems to hinge on writing, the ability to research efficiently, and the capacity to digest new information quickly. Another skill I learned to hone was time management. I needed to quickly develop a sense of how much work I could take on without sacrificing quality." Read more.
The California Supreme Court: An Extern's Perspective by Courtney Martin, Third-year Day Student
For two months this summer, I considered myself an "insider." Externing for Justice Ming W. Chin at the California Supreme Court has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Due to confidentiality rules, I cannot tell you what cases I worked on, which issues I researched, or how the court as a whole is likely to vote in upcoming decisions. What I can tell you, though, is that I highly recommend a judicial externship for anyone who wants to learn both about how the law develops and how the judicial decision-making process actually works.
I first saw Justice Chin when he spoke at Southwestern's Commencement Ceremony in May of 2010. I had recently finished my first year of law school and, at the time, had no intention of applying for an externship during my law school career. It was not until I heard Justice Chin speak about the effect that seminal court decisions have on our society and the importance of maintaining an impartial judiciary that I desired to learn about our courts and justices from personal experience. So, during the beginning of my second year, I sent in my application to Justice Chin's chambers, and was lucky enough to be chosen as one of his externs during the summer before my third year of law school. Anyone seeking a judicial externship should consider applying nearly a year in advance!
To prepare for my first day, I read through The Supreme Court of California booklet which contains information about the court and how it operates, familiarized myself with the California Style Manual, which is the citation format the court uses, and read suggestions from Southwestern students who had previously externed at the court. I was excited, and the experience surpassed my expectations! During my short time at the court, I have had the opportunity to meet with four of the Justices, including Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye; learn from attorneys in the Civil, Criminal, and Central Staffs about their responsibilities; watch oral argument; tour the Supreme Court's courtroom and library; and form friendships with my fellow externs. Read more.
Alumni Q&A with Phyllis Cheng '93, Director of the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH)
Q: What was your original career goal?
A: It was an evolution. I started out my undergraduate studies as an art major at UCLA. As time went on, I just went in a different direction. I obtained my teaching credential and taught at public schools and realized there was a whole world of public policy issues that interested me. I entered the UCLA M.Ed. program in urban educational policy and planning, whose curriculum centered on organizational change, which had a big influence on me. When USC established its Ph.D. program and received an endowed James Irvine Chair in planning, I became a James Irvine Fellow and focused my studies on civil rights policy and planning.
Q: What piqued your interest in educational activism, particularly with regard to race and gender equality?
A: While I was pursuing my Ph.D., I worked at RAND Corporation as a resident consultant in the Social Science Division, assigned to study nonprofits funded by the U.S Department of Education that assisted school districts with racial integration. I traveled around the country interviewing nonprofits, community organizations, school district officials, and business groups about integration in those communities.
Then I was hired as Title IX* Coordinator by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), where I founded and directed an independent commission addressing sex discrimination that monitored a ten-year Title VII consent decree promoting women into administration. Through this work and ultimately drafting California's version of Title IX (Cal. Ed. Code, § 200 et seq.), I obtained a federal grant to study the adoption and implementation of state civil rights laws, which became the focus of my doctoral dissertation.
*enacted in 1972, Title IX states "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance..."
Q: What was your role in drafting California's version of Title IX?
A: I drafted the state Title IX law in 1982, when Governor Jerry Brown held the office the first time around. At the time, I was State Education Chair of NOW (National Organization for Women). President Reagan had been elected under a mandate, and he changed federalism that entailed the devolution of federal policy to the state level.
Few states had laws as strong as the federal Title IX law at that time. Upon my return from a speech I gave in Alaska, which had enacted a strong state Title IX law, I conducted research on California law on comparable statutes. Even as a non-lawyer at the time, I found that California had enacted 30 fragmented laws prohibiting sex discrimination, but none comparable to the federal law.
I approached California NOW, which was busily working on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) campaign. However, NOW soon contacted me because Mike Roos, the Majority floor Leader in the state Assembly, was interested in pursuing such a bill. Relying on a model state Title IX law and modifying it with California's existing statutes, I was able to gather labor union and advocacy group support. The bill, which was signed by Governor Jerry Brown on September 13, 1982, became effective in 1983. California's version of the law was very thorough and even exceeded the scope of federal law.
Passage of California's Title IX inspired me to study similar state laws across the country. Under a Women's Educational Equity Act grant, I studied the adoption and implementation of state civil rights and Title IX laws. The study, which was the basis of my dissertation, The New Federalism and Women's Educational Equity, found that among other things, there is a strong relationship between the state laws adopted and the advancement of women in education. Based on my study, I found that laws matter. Better laws lead to better results. Read more.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
Q: As an editor for two scholarly publications and a teaching fellow while studying at Yale Law School, was working in academia a goal from the outset?
A: I always had it in mind as a possible career path. In fact, I grew up in a family of academics, so you could say that I went into the family business. I would hate to think it was all predestined, however, so I hang on tightly to the fact that no one else was involved in a legal field.
Q: What attracted you to IP litigation practice?
A: It's an area that lies at the intersection of three key interests of mine: technology, pop culture, and the nature of creativity. It's also a dynamic field that's changing rapidly and it deals with critical public policy issues, especially for a digital, knowledge-based economy. Finally, it's fun. I love being able to contemplate the copyrightability of tattoos and yoga sequences, the competing rights of recording artists and politicians in the use of pop music in campaigns, or the clash between the copyright interests of celebrity photographers and the First Amendment interests of bloggers.
Q: What were some of your most memorable cases while you were in practice at O'Melveny & Myers LLP and One LLP?
A: On the non-pro bono side, some of my more memorable cases include the alleged infringement of Winston Churchill’s speeches, an ownership dispute over the recording of Jimi Hendrix's last major concert, fair use rights to certain notorious Britney Spears photographs, and political parody rights to several Don Henley classics.
Q: What was your most rewarding pro bono case?
A: It was a political asylum case for an Iraqi national who had fled
political and religious persecution during Sadaam Hussein's reign. The
facts involving the torture he and his family had suffered in Iraq were
absolutely heart-wrenching and, unfortunately, the treatment he received
once he entered our immigration system was not much better. By the time
I became involved in the case, he had been denied political asylum and
had been ordered back to Iraq a veritable death sentence for him. We
appealed his removal order up to the Ninth Circuit, managed to get his
asylum application re-opened and then successfully petitioned for him to
receive political asylum.
Q: Describe the nature of your scholarship.
A: My scholarship generally focuses on the interface between law and culture, with a particular emphasis on issues of intellectual property, entertainment and race. Oxford University Press just published my second book, Infringement Nation: Copyright 2.0 and You, which analyzes the history and evolution of copyright law and its profound impact on the lives of ordinary individuals in the twenty-first century. In the process, the book tackles some unusual, but relevant, topics, including the unusual origins of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," the question of numeracy among Amazonian hunter-gatherers, and the history of famous stand-offs at papal nunciatures.
Q: What are you currently working on?
A: Meanwhile, I'm currently working on an article that examines the relationship between the First Amendment and intellectual property law. The study identifies and analyzes the unusual divergence in the evolution of free speech defenses in copyright, trademark and right of publicity jurisprudence.
Q: Based on your research and experience, how do you think people from individual artists to large businesses can protect their copyrights in the digital age?
A: Although it is frequently overlooked, there is one single action whose practical import cannot be overstated: register your copyright with the United States Copyright Office within 90 days of publication. Without timely registration, you cannot qualify for the recovery of statutory damages or attorneys fees if someone infringes your work. Without these powerful weapons at your disposal, it can be difficult to vindicate your legal rights.
Q: What is the most important piece of advice you give to law students?
A: For all students, I urge them to follow their passion. Although it might be a bit cliché, you'll not only have a happier professional life, you'll generally do better too.
Q: What do you advise for entertainment law students?
A: For my entertainment law students, I recommend that they become an expert on a substantive area of law that is important in and to the entertainment industry. Rather than simply expressing a general interest in practicing as an entertainment lawyer (something anyone can do), they can present real value to potential employers if they have acquired skills in such areas as intellectual property, labor law, or contracts.
Q: What are some of your hobbies outside of the legal profession?
A: I'm a remarkably inferior guitar player with a bad habit of banging out power chords to my favorite post-punk tunes (much to my neighbors' delight, as you can imagine). Other than that, it's long walks by the ocean, candlelight dinners and, of course, whirlwind jaunts to tropical isles.
"W.A.Y." - Who Are You & Why Are You here?
This month - Kahren Harutyunyan, 2nd-year Evening Student
Kahren Harutyunyan traded in his fiddle for his fists. The son of musicians, he started to play the violin as a child in his native Armenia. But as the country transitioned to gain its independence from the Soviet Union, intellects and musicians had trouble making ends meet. With limited options, he joined a boxing club.
Harutyunyan loved the sport and continued to train. In 1997, he moved to the United States and continued to box, winning the 1999 U.S. Open Championship at age 17. Unable to try out for the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team, because he wasn't a U.S. citizen at the time, he turned professional. In 2005, he captured the WBO-NABO (North American Boxing Organization) Championship and was ranked fifth in the world in the Jr. Bantamweight division (for fighters weighing 115 pounds). He has worked with famed boxing coach Freddie Roach and sparred with industry greats including Manny Pacquiao, Israel Vasquez, and Brian Viloria.
"Boxing is hard on the body but great for a young boy growing up," Harutyunyan explained. "Most people who join boxing clubs don't become professional boxers, but it's great for your confidence and health. You have to exercise and eat a special diet. It requires discipline, hard work and dedication, which you need through all areas of life. Not to mention all the great experiences and friends and connections that I made. It's helped me in my academic career and everything else I've achieved."
For a while, Harutyunyan considered pursuing the world championship but knew the time commitment would interfere with his other life goals, such as starting a family. In addition, a close split-decision loss to a current pound-for-pound superstar fighter Nonito Donaire Jr. made him reevaluate his goals and priorities. In 2006, he earned a degree in English from UCLA, got married the following September, and after winning another fight, decided to "hang'em up." But he wanted to stay in the world of boxing in some capacity and figured becoming a promoter would be an ideal fit because he had the organizational and management skills as well as the personality for the job. Harutyunyan is the subject of a forthcoming documentary "Blood, Sweat & Membership," which follows the later stages of his boxing career and initial steps as a promoter.
He never thought of becoming a lawyer until he established Art of Boxing Promotions. "I had a wrong perception about what lawyers do," he said. "But once I got into promoting, I learned you have to connect with the law on many fronts, such as contracts and broadcasting rights." Harutyunyan learned the value of working in the legal system when he wanted to present boxing in his adopted hometown of Glendale, which had been under a 62-year boxing ban. "I started knocking on officials' doors and they were very responsive. I presented the mayor of Glendale with a history of boxing, how it works and how these events benefit the city."
He collaborated with local politicians, city police and the state athletic commission and came up with a new resolution. The city council granted a one-year provisional license for 2009-2010, which led to Harutyunyan producing two successful events, one of which was televised live on ESPN. These generated revenue for the city, received positive publicity and attracted tourism. The council voted to overturn the ban and extend the permit indefinitely. During the process, Harutyunyan worked with City Attorney's office (including Glendale City Attorney Scott Howard '76, a Southwestern alumnus), law enforcement, and Parks and Recreation. "There was a lot of communication and problem solving," he explained. "We had to make sure that everything was done properly. I realized then that law school and a career in law is something I definitely can and should do."
After the birth of his son Narek in 2009, Harutyunyan wanted to make sure he attended a local law school and liked how Southwestern's alumni thrived in many areas of law, from entertainment to government, throughout Southern California. He has particularly enjoyed taking Contracts with Professor Carole Newcombe, Sports Law with Professor Jeff Lenkov, and Criminal Law with Karen Smith. He is currently working as a research assistant for Professor Robert Lind. He is also a member of the Sports & Entertainment Law Society and is on the boards of the Armenian Law Students Association and the Real Estate Association.
As for his future practice, Harutyunyan wants to keep his options open. But he already sees the impact of his legal education on his promoting work. "It has helped change my thinking process and my approach to things," he said. "It allows me to analyze issues and see things differently as I negotiate sponsorship and venue deals. It has taught me to be calmer and see things more clearly. I was more emotional before and acted more on instincts. But after a year of law school, I can better evaluate my options. I've developed into a more efficient and professional business person."
New Student Portal Launched
The new MySouthwestern portal for students was introduced on August 9. MySouthwestern will replace the password-protected sections of Southwestern's website, serving as a "one-stop shop" for students to access WebAdvisor and other personal information, as well as deadline reminders, forms and procedures online. Campus announcements and information from various offices will also be posted on MySouthwestern in an effort to centralize messages and reduce the volume of email. The portal is accessible both on and off campus from anywhere there is internet service, on a computer, laptop, smart phone or tablet device (iPad and others). Some functionality of the portal works best on Internet Explorer.
With a single log-in (same as Southwestern email log-in and password) at https://my.swlaw.edu or in the upper right-hand corner of Southwestern's website, users can access:
- Southwestern Email
- WebAdvisor (Schedule, Grades, Financial Aid)
- Student Handbook
- Syllabi and Past Exams
- Exam and ExamSoft Information
- Important Announcements
- "Today at Southwestern"
- Forms/Documents from Administrative Departments
- Student Organization Team Sites
- Faculty and Staff Photo Directory
- Bison List (Southwestern's Classifieds)
- Class Cancellations and Room Changes
The portal was developed by a committee of staff and faculty over the past year, with input from a committee of current students. Students are encouraged to check MySouthwestern regularly as an easy gateway to all student-related information. Questions about MySouthwestern can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PROFESSOR JONATHAN MILLER
PROFESSOR ROBERT PUGSLEY
- Panel Chair, "The Cultures of Legal Globalization;" Paper
Presentation, "How International Politics in the 1890's Pushed Argentina
Away from its Use of U.S. Constitutionalism," "Negotiations Across
Legal Realms" Panel; and Critique, CULTURES OF LEGALITY: JUDICIALIZATION
AND POLITICAL ACTIVISM IN LATIN AMERICA (J. Couso, ed; Cambridge
University Press), Author Meets Reader Session, Law and Society
Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA
PROFESSOR MYRNA RAEDER
- "Will and Kate visit could test California's new paparazzi laws," Christian Science Monitor
- Interviewed regarding Casey Anthony trial verdict, Mark Bernier Program, WNDB (Florida)
- Editor and Author of Executive Summary, STATE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE 2011 (ABA Criminal Justice Section, 2011)
- Published speech, "Comparing Gender Stereotypes of Female Criminal Defense Counsel when Clara Foltz Practiced and Today," California Supreme Court Historical Society Newsletter (June 2011)
- History Redux: The Unheard Voices Of Domestic Violence Victims, A Comment On Aviva Orenstein's Sex, Threats And Absent Victims, RES GESTAE (the online companion of the FORDHAM LAW REVIEW; May 2011)
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Paul Aronzon Named to Southwestern Board
Paul S. Aronzon '79, was elected to Southwestern's Board of Trustees at the Board's Spring 2011 meeting in May. One of the most prominent bankruptcy experts in the country, Aronzon is a partner and Co-Practice Group Leader of the Financial Restructuring Group of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP.
"Paul Aronzon brings tremendous insight and perspective to the Board as a highly respected leader in the legal and business communities and as an active alumnus," noted Dean Bryant Garth. "We are delighted that he has agreed to take a more formal role in the advancement of the law school as a trustee during this very exciting time in Southwestern's history." The law school is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding this year.
Over the past three decades, Mr. Aronzon has specialized in representing debtors and creditors in reorganization cases and out-of-court workouts across a wide array of industries, including aerospace/defense, agriculture, airline, apparel, automotive, cable and broadcasting, chemical, commercial real estate, construction, energy, entertainment, financial services, food and restaurant, gaming, healthcare, housing development, manufacturing, mining and timber, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, publishing, retail, shipping, and telecommunications. Read more.
Southwestern Community Mourns Loss of Trustee and Alumnus Matthew Fong '85
Former California State Treasurer Matthew K. Fong, a member of the Southwestern Law School Board of Trustees, passed away on June 1 after a long battle with cancer. Known for his genuine warmth, dignity and approachability as much as for his fiscal, political and global expertise, he was a trailblazer as one of the highest-ranking elected officials of Asian ancestry in the continental United States.
One of the law school's most prominent and active alumni since his graduation from the SCALE program in 1985, Mr. Fong had been recognized for his many contributions during his remarkable career in business, law, politics and education with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at Southwestern's 96th Commencement ceremony on May 15 of this year.
"Matt addressed the audience with a remarkably strong spirit. His words were very moving and inspiring. The response was thunderous applause from the audience that filled the Shrine Auditorium for the commencement ceremony," stated Robert Philibosian, a fellow Southwestern alumnus and trustee.
Dean Bryant G. Garth said, "We are tremendously saddened by the loss of such a warm and insightful trustee - and an inspiration to us all. Matt Fong truly defined the ideals of professionalism to which we want each of our graduates to aspire." Read more.
Professor McEvoy Named Associate Dean for Faculty Research
Professor Arthur F. McEvoy has been appointed as Associate Dean for Faculty Research commencing with the 2011-12 academic year. He follows Associate Dean Michael Dorff, who has served in that capacity for the past five years and is now eager to devote more time to his own scholarship. During his tenure as the first to hold the post, Dean Dorff spearheaded a number of crucial research-related programs that he and the Faculty Development Committee initiated.
"Dean McEvoy's wonderful combination of scholarly achievement, intellectual breath, patience, and humor will serve him well in carrying on and further building on the outstanding work that Professor Dorff did in this important office," Dean Bryant Garth said.
The Associate Dean for Faculty Research is responsible for supporting and developing the faculty's scholarly research and publications, serving as point person for junior faculty concerns about scholarship, and helping facilitate submissions to scholarly journals and book publishers. The Associate Dean also organizes educational opportunities for Southwestern faculty to learn about the scholarship process, helps develop proposals for grant and fellowship opportunities, and coordinates the Visiting Speakers Series featuring faculty from around the country, among other efforts. Read more.
David Fagundes Named Professor of Law at Southwestern
The Board of Trustees of Southwestern announced that David Fagundes, who has served on the Southwestern faculty since 2007, has been granted tenure and promoted to Professor of Law.
"Professor Fagundes has excelled in every category that we value in a tenured professor," Dean Bryant Garth said. "He is an outstanding teacher, brilliant scholar and committed citizen in our community." This appointment acknowledges Professor Fagundes' individual attention given to students, writing, and service to Southwestern as well as the profession.
Professor Fagundes' research and teaching interests cover a variety of
property law issues, including copyright, real property and trademark.
His most recent work studies the extralegal regulation of roller derby
pseudonyms as an object lesson in how and why some close-knit groups use
norms rather than formal law to govern the intangible goods they
generate. His work has been selected for presentation at numerous
national and international conferences, including the Stanford-Yale
Junior Faculty Forum (2009), the plenary session of the Intellectual
Property Scholars Conference (2009), the Junior Scholars in Intellectual
Property Workshop at Michigan State University College of Law (2010 and
2011), and the Workshop for Junior Researchers on the Law &
Economics of Intellectual Property and Competition Law; he was also a
Visiting Scholar at ETH Zurich in Summer 2010. His scholarship has been
published in the Texas Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Boston College Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review and Harvard Law Review.
Southwestern Names Four Faculty Members for 2011-12 Professorships
Southwestern has honored four of its highly respected faculty members with professorships for the 2011-12 academic year: Professor John Tehranian as the Irwin R. Buchalter Professor; Professor David Fagundes as the Irving D. and Florence Rosenberg Professor; Professor Arthur F. McEvoy as the Paul E. Treusch Professor; and Professor Debra Lyn Bassett as the Justice Marshall F. McComb Professor. Dean Bryant Garth says of these appointments, "The four professors selected exemplify the commitment to scholarship, service and teaching that makes Southwestern's faculty so outstanding. The Board of Trustees has selected very wisely." Read more.
Academic Support Fellow Named
Jesus Barraza has been appointed Academic Support and Bar-Related Programs Fellow and Adjunct Associate Professor of Law commencing with the 2011-12 academic year. He brings valuable curriculum development and teaching experience to the new post and will work closely with Professor Gabriela Ryan, Director of Academic Support and Bar-Related Programs, in the creation, administration and implementation of new workshops, the supervision of student tutors and the development of the academic support and bar-related course curriculum.
"Professor Barraza will be a tremendous asset to our program as our inaugural Academic Support Fellow," Professor Ryan said. "He played an important role in the development of UCLA's very strong Academic Support Program, and we look forward to having him share his advice and perspective with our students and provide assistance in the creation and implementation of new and exciting programs at Southwestern."
While a law student at UCLA, Professor Barraza served as the Chief Managing Editor of the Chicano/Latino Law Review, where he trained a staff of 15 Articles Editors to conduct legal research and edit scholarly work. He was also a Managing Editor of the Dukeminier Awards Journal, the first legal journal to focus specifically on sexual orientation and gender identity law. Read more.
Professors Kushner and Martin take Emeritus in Residence Status
Two distinguished members of Southwestern's faculty have taken Emeritus in Residence status. Professors James Kushner and Susan Martin, who both joined the law school faculty in 1975, have each contributed more than 35 years of their talent and intellect to enriching the law school's faculty and enhancing students' learning experience.
"I know from talking to countless alumni how much these two professors have been treasured by their students over a long period of time," Dean Bryant Garth said. "They were both also key individuals in the major transformation of Southwestern that began in the 1970s and continues today. We look forward to their continued involvement as Professors Emeriti." Read more.
Students Evaluate their Law School Experience in 2011 LSSSE Survey
The results of the 2011 Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE) offer significant evidence that the implementation of a variety of programs and services designed to enhance students' law school experience at Southwestern are having a positive impact. This year's responses indicate that students are more satisfied with their experience at Southwestern then in the past, and in several categories, more so than their counterparts at other schools as well. This was particularly the case with questions regarding the quality of academic support and advising, and relationships with faculty, staff and fellow students.
"Southwestern is a very unique law school," Dean Garth said. "And these results show that our students understand that a defining feature is the extraordinary effort our staff and faculty make to students' well-being and effective learning." Dean Garth chairs the National Advisory Board that oversees LSSSE.
The LSSSE survey instrument is designed to collect information about student behaviors and law school environments throughout the country to help law faculty and administrators at individual schools focus attention and resources in ways that will enhance student learning and success. Each spring, students at law schools participating in LSSSE are encouraged to respond to the survey regarding how they spend their time, what they have gained from their classes, their assessment of the quality of interactions with faculty and friends, and other aspects of their legal education. Each law school then receives a report featuring comparisons between responses of their students and those from the other schools, as well as improvement from year to year on specific issues. This was Southwestern's sixth year participating in the LSSSE program, with 72% of the student body responding to the survey. Read more.
New Car Share Program Now Available at Southwestern
Southwestern has partnered with LAXCarShare to bring an exciting car share option to campus. The LAXCarShare vehicle is available to Southwestern faculty, staff and students who rideshare to school via rail, train, bus, bike, carpool or walking and may on occasion need a car during the day.
When you become a member of LAXCarShare (free for the first year - see link below), you gain access to any LAXCarShare vehicles located in the area. Most importantly, you will have access to the vehicle housed on our campus, which is available only to Southwestern community members. You can reserve the car online and open it remotely with the key fob you will receive upon joining. All you pay is a low hourly ($7/hour) or daily ($50/day) rental fee. There is no extra charge for gas, insurance, maintenance or anything else. You also have the added convenience of knowing that your parking space isn't going anywhere, since there is a dedicated space on the upper level lot reserved for the LAXCarShare vehicle.
To sign up or for more information, visit http://laxcarshare.com/joinnow or check out the Parking and Transportation section of the Portal. Contact the Administrative Services Office with any questions.
New Smoking Policy Promotes a Safe and Healthy Environment
In order to provide a safe and healthy environment, Southwestern recently prohibited smoking in all enclosed buildings and facilities. The law school recognizes the need to accommodate those who wish to smoke, and has designated specifically marked smoking areas around campus, which are located far enough away from doorways, windows and ventilation systems to prevent smoke from entering enclosed buildings and facilities. "No Smoking" signs are displayed in various locations throughout campus, and smokers should familiarize themselves with smoke-free and designated smoking locations.
Ayesha Ali, Admissions Assistant, Admissions, earned a B.A. in History with a minor in Music from the University of Redlands. Prior to joining Southwestern, she worked for Redlands Choral Artists as Office Manager and interned with the Office of Admissions at the University of Redlands.
Joyce Bautista, SOS Assistant, Administrative Services Office, earned a B.A. in Asian American Studies from California State University, Northridge. Prior to joining Southwestern, she worked as a crew member at Berrystar Frozen Yogurt, a lead assistant Coordinator at Joan Bravo Weddings, and receptionist at Digitron Communications Inc. She has held leadership roles in a variety of community groups in the Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley areas working with youth and teaching Asian American culture and history.
Caitlyn Kuwata, SOS Assistant, Administrative Services Office, earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to joining Southwestern, she worked at the UCSB Marine Science Institute as a Research Lab Assistant collecting and analyzing data on local bivalve communities.
Jenny Ng, SOS Assistant, Administrative Services Office, earned a B.A. in Linguistics and Asian Languages and Cultures with a specialization in Chinese from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is fluent in Cantonese and has conversational skills in Mandarin and German. Prior to joining Southwestern, she was a Legal Administrative Assistant for Wai & Connor, LLP and a Community Outreach and Eco Intern with Ideation Designs, focusing on issues of sustainability and social network branding.
Christa A. Santos, Student Services Assistant, Accounting, earned a B.S. in Biology from University of Redlands and an M.A. in Education from Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education & Psychology. Prior to joining Southwestern, she worked for the Certified Public Accounting firm Piazza, Donnelly & Marlette LLP in Torrance, providing client support. She was also an elementary school student teacher during her time in graduate school.
Grace Tsai, Editorial and Administrative Assistant, Journal of Legal Education, earned a B.A. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she was a Copy Editing Contributor and Entertainment Writing Contributor for the UCLA Daily Bruin. Prior to joining Southwestern, she worked as a Fund Development Coordinator with The Legal Aid Society of Orange County.
Charlyne Yue, Student Affairs Coordinator, Student Affairs Office, earned an M.S. in Counseling from California State University, Northridge. She has held various positions related to student life, most recently as a Residential Life Coordinator at Cal Poly Pomona and a Graduate Intern for the Art Center College of Design. In these roles, she trained and supervised five resident advisors, oversaw 200+ residents, supervised student leaders, created leadership development programs, implemented campus wide events, and maintained departmental budgets.
Wayne Mahoney has been appointed as Interim Director of Financial Aid
Anna S. Olivares has been promoted to Student Services Assistant in the Administrative Services Office and Academic Support Program.
Mitzie Vitela has been promoted to Assistant Director of the Externship Program.
Nancy Hanna, Administrative Services Assistant